Nothing inspires a greater sense of health and wellbeing than a trip to Seville, packed as it is with fascinating history, beautiful architecture, food and wine – all beneath the restorative Andalusian sun. Many of these Spanish hotels have incredible rooftop pools and terraces, as well as indulgent spas with special features like Turkish baths, ice fountains and contrast showers – here’s our pick of the best in the city.
Built in the 18th century for a distinguished local merchant and subsequently renovated and turned into a hotel, the Palacio de Villapanés mixes baroque elegance with modern comfort. Top features of the wood-panelled rooms include high ceilings, Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs, views of cobbled streets and Molton Brown toiletries. The extensive wellness area has a steam bath, massage room, warm and hot contrast showers – and there’s even a plunge pool on the roof. The inviting outdoor spaces include the Patio de los Naranjos, rich with the scent of orange blossoms and a beautiful setting for a cold drink.
In the medieval Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz is Hotel Casa 1800, a former mansion-palace converted into a hotel following a two-year restoration project. Built in 1864, guests rooms surround a three-storey central courtyard flooded with sunlight. It has two solariums, a rooftop pool with views of the royal Alcazar, Hospital de los Venerables and vistas of the cathedral and La Giralda bell tower. Premium rooms here have outdoor patios, while the top-end Suite 1800 has a private rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi.
A boutique hotel with 18 individually-decorated rooms, Casa del Poeta is another gracefully converted mansion in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood – this one built in the 17th century and arranged around a central patio with fountain. Here the spa comes to you, with hairdressers and massages available in your room, where you can also expect Egyptian cotton sheets, courtyard views and private terraces overlooking the surrounding streets. There’s live Andalusian guitar music every evening and a communal rooftop terrace for relaxing.
This genteel five-star hotel is renowned for the bullfighting paintings which adorn its walls, reproduced from 17th and 18th-century masterpieces. If that’s not your thing, try the heated plunge pool on the roof with city views, adjacent to the sun terrace with loungers and Bali beds. There’s also a spa by Clarins with a sauna, Turkish bath and bi-thermal showers. Most of the rooms have street views of pretty Calle Canalejas and Cristo del Calvario, and the ornate Magdalena church. The hotel’s El Burladero restaurant specialises in traditional Andalusian cuisine with avant-garde flair.
The Eurostars hotel occupies the top 19 floors of the Torre Sevilla, the tallest skyscraper in Andalusia at 180m (590ft). As such, great views of the city are a given, though the Presidential Suite on the 33rd floor with its panoramic vista has the best of them. The spa and health club includes a hydrotherapy centre with a pool, Mediterranean bath, hydromassage hammocks, sauna, cold-breeze shower with aromatherapy, and an ice fountain. In the El Duende restaurant try the decadent surf-and-turf with confit Iberian salt pork and chestnuts.
On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Hotel Ribera has views of the Triana Bridge, a beautiful 19th-century arched construction. You can choose between city and river-view rooms and suites with their own terraces; all have decorative nods to the Moorish heritage of the city. The glass-ceilinged spa and wellness centre with Jacuzzi is on the roof and has the best outlook in the hotel – that is, apart from the open rooftop pool and solarium, which has some of the finest city views from any pool in Seville.
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